Before heading over to the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, we’re going to make a quick stopover in south central Alberta at the Red Deer Public Library in Albert’s third largest city. Calgary and Edmonton’s public libraries both use a handful of 2.0 applications to keep in touch with their users, but I thought it would be interesting to check out a smaller centre. I’ve been to Red Deer before, and all I remember from the trip was buying delicious cinnamon pretzels in the mall with my cousins. After visiting the RDPL Facebook page, I am intrigued and may have to make another trip to visit the library.
The link to the RDPL Facebook page can be found on their homepage on the left hand side closer to the top, which makes it a little easier for new users to find. The RDPL also has a Twitter button that is easy to spot:
Red Deer Public Library homepage
The RDPL’s Facebook Page has 450 Likes, which was more than I expected. At first glance, it’s easy to tell that the page is updated regularly and includes conversations among followers, two signs of a healthy library 2.0 application. RDPL posts to Facebook at least once a day and posts include upcoming events in the library, new catalogue features, author trivia, related news, neat library or book projects, and even cute puppy pictures. Most of the RDPL followers’ feedback seems to be positive, which is good but doesn’t necessarily mean Facebook is being used as a tool for change. That said, whoever is behind the delightful Facebook posts is doing a great job of keeping patrons (and even non-patrons like myself) interested.
RDPL’s Twitter feed currently has
Not bad. Unlike the Facebook page, though, the Twitter feed seems to be a monologue for the most part, but some tweets do respond to patrons. RDPL tweets mostly about upcoming events at the library but also about news in Red Deer such as rising gas prices. Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz on both RDPL’s Twitter feed and Facebook page about their new catalogue, which has some interesting personalized and social features and is worth reading about. Although the Twitter feed is not as engaging as the Facebook page, I think they complement each other nicely and use the respective character limits appropriately. To be honest, I didn’t expect this much Library 2.0 innovation in little old Red Deer, but I’m happy to have been pleasantly surprised.